Each other’s light: A multicultural celebration “Go Everywhere” seminars


Gilberto Perez, Jr. ’92
For the last two years Gilberto Pérez, Jr., has served as associate professor of social work at Goshen (Ind.) College. He joined the Center for Intercultural and International Education team in June 2014. Prior to coming to Goshen College, Gilberto was employed at Northeastern Center, a community mental health center in Northeast Indiana. Here he worked on authoring the Bienvenido curriculum, a nationally recognized mental health promotion curriculum for Latino immigrants that addresses access to mental health services and increased sense of belonging for Latinos in their respective communities. The curriculum has been implemented in 13 cities in Indiana and is available in 14 states across the United States. Gilberto has also served as peace evangelist for the Mennonite Church and recently completed regional pastor responsibilities with Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference. Gilberto has offered presentations on mental health and community development at various national and international conferences. He serves on the Plan Commission, City of Goshen, is on the Board of Directors at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, and serves on the Elkhart County Reentry Initiative and Elkhart County Community Corrections Advisory Board.
     Gilberto obtained his undergraduate social work degree from Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, Va.), a graduate certificate in conflict transformation from Eastern Mennonite, and a master of social work from the Universidad Interamericana in San Juan, P.R. He graduated from Hesston College in 1992. He is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. His social work experiences include hospice social work, emergency social services 911 and community mental health. Gilberto lives in Goshen, Ind., with his wife and three children.
Herm Weaver ’79
Herm Weaver is the Conference Minister for the Mountains States Mennonite Conference. Prior work includes 13 years at Eastern Mennonite University as associate professor and chair of the Department of Psychology. He continues to be involved in teaching and training events. In addition, he is a singer/songwriter who has been telling stories with his music to a wide range of audiences around the world for decades.
     Herm holds an A.A. from Hesston College, a B.S. from Eastern Mennonite University, an M.S.Ed. from The University of Akron and a Ph.D. from The Union Institute and University. Herm and Cindy, his wife of 32 years, have three children, Hope, Chloe and Dillon.